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25 February 2024, 15:46

Observer from Germany: Voting in Belarus meets democratic standards

MINSK, 25 February (BelTA) - Voting in Belarus meets democratic standards, independent observer from Germany Gunnar Lindemann told the media, BelTA has learned.

"Voting in Belarus complies with democratic standards and rules," Gunnar Lindeman said.

He noted that he was invited to be an independent observer by the Belarusian embassy in Berlin. He stressed that the voting system in Belarus is similar to the German one, but still there are some differences. In Germany, people who are unable to go to a polling station can vote by post starting six weeks before the main vote. According to him, this process is not sufficiently transparent. If representatives of election commissions visited voters at their homes and verified their identity, the process would be much more efficient.

An independent observer from Lithuania, chairman of the International Forum of Good Neighborliness Edikas Jagelavičius noted that their organization has always stood for friendship with the immediate neighbors: Belarus and Russia. "In 2021, I was already an international election observer in the Russian Federation and now I agreed to become one for the elections in Belarus. More than once I have acted as an observer in my own country. I don't want to talk about negative things there. I noticed some. In your country, everything is held in an orderly fashion, everything is organized top-notch," he added. 
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